Or, George Lucas Plays the Race Card Brilliantly
George Lucas made another movie. A movie that, for once, doesn't involve lightsabers or archaeologists with whips. It's called "Red Tails" and it's about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II.
Let's quote the man, shall we?
“We’ve been working on it 23 years. I financed it myself, and I figured I could get the prints and ads paid for by the studios, and that they would release it, and I showed it to all of them, and they said noooo. ‘We don’t know how to market a movie like this.’
“It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first, all-black action pictures ever made."
Really, George? Really?!
Not to mention:
Miracle at Santa Anna
Set It Off
Have you been to a movie at all in the last forty years? Are you that cut off? Newsflash, we have a black President now. But maybe you don't know that. You're still the fucktard who gave us Jar Jar Binks! You know, an annoying racist caricature.
Actual dialogue in the heat of a dogfight: "Congratulations, [character name]! You're the first Negro to ever kill an enemy in air combat." (or something like that) That's some great screenwriting there, George. Nice to see you haven't gotten any better. As a great man once said, "George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it."
George Lucas is either a liar, or he's stupid. Personally, I think the answer is both. Remember when he told everyone he has nine "Star Wars" movies all mapped out? We, of course, all know this is bullshit. Hell he didn't even know Darth Vader was Luke's father until Leigh Brackett came up with the idea, died before the movie came out and was no longer alive to contradict you.